1962 Austin-Healey Sprite

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1962
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    HAN6L6256
  • Engine number 
    H.7678
  • Lot number 
    502
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Light Blue
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

Dating from 1962, this Mk II was built in left-hand drive and destined for AmericaThe subject of a major restoration in the US and remains in very goodconditionFinished in a lovely shade of Iris Blue with dark blue dashboard and seatingWe believe that its fitted with flat-top pistons and a 1098cc cylinder headWith our vendor since 2017 and the cars current mileage is 85,867Active Owners Club with lots of events and opportunities to have funIntroduced in May 1961, the MkII version of Austin Healey's Sprite sported a more conventional visage courtesy of its full-width grille and wing-mounted headlights. Other niceties included a rear bumper and opening boot lid. More civilised but slightly heavier than its 'Frogeye' predecessor, the MkII boasted more power and torque courtesy of improved carburation and a close-ratio gearbox. Reputedly capable of 85mph, the lightweight two-seater was a fun little sports car at an affordable price.We understand that this particular 1962, left-hand drive Austin Healey Sprite was the subject of a major restoration in the USA before returning home to the UK and that the 948cc BMC A series unit has been fitted with flat-top pistons and a 1098 cc cylinder head which should provide a useful increase in power. From some older (2014) sales information, we understand that a new clutch and pressure plate had been fitted just prior to then at 85,000 miles. The sprite has been with our vendor since 2017 and the cars current mileage is 85,867.The Iris Blue paintwork appears to have been expertly applied and its very likely that this car still had its original panels prior to restoration such is the quality of the finish and likewise the brightwork also looks excellent. The dashboard retains its original covering and looks great for it and the period bucket seats look sound and hardly worn.The car was sold through Silverstone Auctions in 2014 and the report from then states; The usefully modified twin-carb engine is superbly detailed and starts on the button with no knocks or rattles or leaks to cause any concern whatsoever. The gearbox is reported to be in excellent working condition as are the clutch and braking system. The suspension has clearly been set up with performance in mind and as such inspires confidence when driven enthusiastically.This is a delightful little Mark II that appears to have been well-restored in the US and with its lightly modified engine should be a lot of fun. Its left-hand drive which makes touring in France and on the Continent a little less stressful and with its Iris Blue paintwork as bright as a Cote dAzur sky, it would make a charming companion.1962 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk IIhttps://youtu.be/oqVB8inyn9k false